The European Commission has hit out at the slow pace of measures designed to tackle corruption in Ukraine, according to a new Association Implementation Report.
The report points to the fact there has only been a small number of high-profile corruption cases brought before a court and that there has been little progress in the investigation of economic crimes.
While the European Commission praise the steps which have been taken to recover almost $5.5 billion of embezzled money in regard to the state PrivatBank, “there is little progress so far on the recovery of the misappropriated state funds as well as on related measures of prosecution,” according to the report.
“The function of investigation of economic crimes remains underdeveloped; several draft laws on establishing a new institution to deal with financial crimes are registered in the parliament. Yet, a political consensus on setting up a professional, politically neutral and analytical new body is outstanding,” they add.
Furthermore, the report also suggests Ukrainian authorities need to do more to investigate attacks on anti-corruption activists across the country.